Preparing Leaders of Faith Through Sacred Music

Sacred Music Master’s Prepares Leaders of Faith

The Master of Sacred Music at the University of St. Thomas prepares students for employment as professional Church musicians. The UST Music Department offers an extraordinary educational opportunity for anyone wishing to study and pursue a career in organ and vocal performance, teaching, or church music.

The program integrates the musical, liturgical, and pastoral dimensions to ground students professionally in liturgical music as a ministry. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work with clergy and congregations in a full or part-time capacity, as well as to teach.

The MSM at the University of St. Thomas is based on but not limited to Roman Catholic traditions and practice, and provides training for church musicians from a wide variety of Christian traditions and experiences.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to take 32 credit hours in the program.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on a combination of your undergraduate GPA, work history, audition, and test scores (if necessary).  Students without a Bachelor’s Degree in music must supply a letter from a priest or music director verifying music experience. Test scores are waived for UST undergraduates and non UST undergraduates that have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

International Applicants

International applicants must also submit the following:

  • Proof of English proficiency:  International applicants (except those who are from countries where English is the only official language, those who have earned degrees from regionally-accredited U.S. institutions, or those who have earned degrees in countries where English is the official language of instruction) are required to submit proof of English proficiency. The following options are available to applicants for verification of English proficiency:  TOEFL score of at least 79 on the iBT or, an IELTS official score report of at least 6.5, or Level 112 issued by the English Language Center (ELS) in Houston, TX, or a PTE Academic score of 53. Applicants who have earned degrees in the United States are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. In lieu of the test scores, an international applicant may submit an official certificate of completion of the highest level.
  • Official evaluation of transcripts and diplomas:  International applicants must have all transcripts and diplomas evaluated by an accredited evaluation agency. Preferred evaluation agencies are SDR Educational Consultants, World Education Services (WES), and Spantran. Reports must include course-by-course evaluations and grade point average equivalents.

Fall semester
July 15 (Domestic Applicants), July 1 (International Applicants)

Spring semester
December 13 (Domestic Applicants), December 1 (International Applicants)

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Application Submission Address:

University of St. Thomas
Office of Admissions, Box #7
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006-4626
Phone: 713-942-5998
Fax: 713-525-3558


Contact the Music Department for audition dates. Private auditions are also available upon request.

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